International Advanced Manufacturing 3D Hub
IAM 3D Hub is a digital innovation centre specialised in additive manufacturing and 3D printing. Its mission is to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing and 3D printing technologies in the European Union manufacturing sector as an alternative to the design, development and production of new products and services that boost competitive advantage.
IAM 3D HUB offers a one-stop shop to advise and guide companies wishing to invest in 3D printing. It also contributes to a new era of toolless code-to-material production as a fast, safe and efficient manufacturing method.
The initiative was founded by HP, Leitat Technological Center, Renishaw, BASF and Abrast by Coniex as technological partners, as well as the 3D Factory Incubator, the first 3D printing incubator in Europe, and Fira de Barcelona, together with its 3D printing trade fair: INDUSTRY ‘From Needs to Solutions’. It is also supported by ACCIÓ, the Catalan government’s agency for competitiveness.
- Initial contact with an expert
- Company diagnosis
- Laboratory visit
- Use of AM / 3DP
- Benchmarking and testing for product development
- Analysis of strengths & weaknesses
- Capabilities and limitations of AM / 3DP for manufacturing purposes
- Material and process selection
- Practical workshop / Lab-Day
- Part design or redesign service in order to leverage the advantages and possibilities provided by additive manufacturing technology.
- Advice on the creation of the floorplan layout of a 3D production plant or for the integration of technology into a traditional production plant.
The centre offers the following resources for these activities:
- A team of twenty people, including the technical/operational staff of the 3D printing machines.
- Design software, simulation software and production software.
- Materials laboratory (physical and chemical)
- Additive manufacturing machines. The centre currently has the following machines:
- 1 x SLM machine
- 2 x SLA machines
- 5 x LCD machines
- 9 x FDM machines
- 1 x MJF machines
- 1 x Voxeljet machine
- 1 x SLS machine
- 1 x MASSIVit machine
- Metallographic laboratory.
- Heat treatment laboratory.
- Surface treatment laboratory (coatings, plasma, metallisation)
- Cleaning, mechanical and electrochemical polishing, infiltration and dyeing laboratory.
- Characterisation and testing laboratories:
- Metrology and reverse engineering laboratory.
- Fire resistance laboratory.
- Climate, solar and UV ageing laboratory
- Chemical and mechanical characterisation laboratory
Healthcare Living Lab Catalonia
The Healthcare Living Lab Catalonia (HCLLC) is a Living Lab specialised in the health and social sector. It’s mission is to bring together health centres, technology centres and Living Labs from all over Catalonia connecting them with innovative people and entities. In so doing, it facilitates prototyping, testing and validation of solutions based on a proprietary methodology in a quick and efficient manner, maximising the results obtained. The HCLLC offers its services to methodologically advise and guide start-ups, SMEs and companies that aim to prototype, test and/or validate innovative solutions in real environments and with end users in the fields of medical devices, in vitro diagnostics and digital health.
It is a Leitat initiative with a mission to transform Catalonia into a landmark living lab. In order to make this a reality, it has developed a vast network of collaborating entities. These consist of the country’s principle landmark health centres in innovation on the one hand and the main associations of health and social centers in the country on the other. This network is growing day by day and today consists of the following entities:
In addition, the HCLLC has the seal of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), is a Reference Site for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and collaborates with the ULabs programme by EIT Health and with the Centre for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technologies (CIMTI).
- Individual interviews
- Focus groups
The HCLLC has its own methodology to carry out these activities, involving the necessary people and obtaining high-value information.
Through its methodology, the HCLLC centralizes all procedures, offers personalized support, and ensures the quality of the service provided.
The 3D Incubator is the first European high-tech incubator in 3D printing. Its objective is to promote the growth of initiatives related to additive manufacturing by creating a space for the incubation of start-ups, SMEs and micro companies that use this technology. The 3D Incubator has the capacity to incubate more than 100 companies in five years and will help launch incubator initiatives run by businesses by providing general incubation services, 3D production technology services, business consulting, part testing and consultation services regarding marketing and internationalisation.
The space has a surface area of 1000m2 and has a coworking and training area, private offices, meeting rooms and a laboratory with eight different 3D production technologies, post-processing equipment and metrology. Likewise, all incubated projects have at their disposal a wide range of services across the entire value generation chain: production, business consulting, marketing and certification.
It is an initiative led by the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona and Leitat, and has the financial support of FEDER funds through the INCYDE Foundation.
DFactory Barcelona was launched as a node focused on creating an ecosystem that promotes the development of Industry 4.0. The centre promoted by the Consorci de la Zona Franca de Barcelona acts as a tool for the transformation of the Spanish productive fabric and guides companies through the digitisation process.
To achieve its objectives, DFactory Barcelona has laboratories managed by Leitat and equipped with the latest technology:
Leitat improves the competitiveness of companies in the DFactory ecosystem by providing knowledge and technology for the transition to a digital and sustainable industry. Leitat operates under open innovation models as the technology manager of laboratories carrying out research and innovation projects. In so doing, it is guided by a vision of technology transfer and adoption by industry with the aim of producing a positive impact on society.
At DFactory Barcelona, Leitat focuses on technology management and industrial R&D to generate transformative projects that generate technological value to the DFactory ecosystem.